One of the fastest-growing, and innovative electric bike companies in the US, Lectric, just jumped into the cargo ebike category. The Lectric XPedition is quickly making a splash as a budget-friendly electric cargo bike with many features not typically found in much more expensive cargo ebikes.
Retailing at $1,399 for the single battery version and $1,699 for the dual-battery version, Lectric has also included the option of various packages and accessories so you can outfit your electric cargo bike based on your needs.
This review examines the noteworthy components and specifications of the Lectric Xpediton ebike, as well as my personal likes and dislikes about the product.
Lectric Xpedition Pros and Cons
The following are some of the pros that make Lectric’s Xpedition a cargo ebike of choice:
- Budget-friendly compared to other electric cargo bikes
- Upgraded rear hub motor delivers 1310 watts of peak power
- Easy-to-use front and rear hydraulic disc brakes
- Comes in either a single or dual battery configuration
- Has a massive load capacity
- Works with a wide range of accessories
- No ghost-pedaling
- Foldable and easy to store
- Comes almost fully assembled
- Taller bike enthusiasts may find the handlebar position too low
- The dual battery choice only comes with a single charger
- Dual batteries come with different keys which can be inconvenient
- The keyhole is below the frame which is hard to reach
- The kickstand design tends to dig deeper on soft ground surfaces
- Motor: 750-watt nominal power and 1300-watt high-performance power
- Battery: 48V 14 Ah Lithium-Ion battery (672 Watt-hour) with dual battery version.
- Brakes: Zoom Hydraulic rear and front brakes disk brakes
- Speed: Shimano 7-speed thumb shifter
- Gear: 11-28 rear freewheel and additional 52T front chainring.
- Dual kickstand for enhanced stability
- 5-levels of pedal assist with ½ twist throttle for a class 1, 2, or 3 eBike.
- Pedal Assist Wattage Regulation Programming(PWR) for enhanced powering experience
- Cadence sensor for effective control of power output
- Adjustable and removable seats with height adjustable points for enhanced comfort
Optional Xpedition Packages & Accessories
- Essentials Package ($119): 2 Cushions and 2 Running Boards
- Cargo Package ($149): Front Rack, Small Basket and Large Basket
- Orbitor ($120): Equivalent of caboose
- Plus 1 Chair ($60): Seat for toddler/child
- Barrow Bar ($60): Handle bars
- Thule Yepp maxi Seat ($249)
- Giant Seat ($40)
Impressive Specs and Design for a Budget Electric Cargo Bike
The Lectric Xpedition is designed with a lightweight frame made of 6000 series aluminum with multiple mounting points to help you customize your cargo carrying needs. At 68 pounds, the Lectric Xpediton may seem heavy due to its aluminum frame, but it’s actually on the lighter end of the spectrum for electric cargo bikes.
Despite being available in only one size and color (white), the XPedition’s low step over height caters to riders of varying heights. Additionally, the bike boasts cool-looking Lectric decals all over.
One of the main features of the XPedition and one that sets it apart from other affordable cargo ebikes (Rad Power BIkes RadWagon 4, Flyer L885, Eunorau Max Cargo) is having hydraulic brakes. As an example, Rad Power Bikes RadWagon 4, one of the most popular cargo ebikes, does not include hydraulic brakes. Having hydraulic brakes cannot be overstated as you’ll likely be carrying a decent amount of cargo and need good stopping power. As a frequent rider of electric cargo bikes, I believe that this feature is truly impressive for an ebike at this price point.
The Lectric Xpediton’s low 18.75-inch standover height is an underrated feature that makes mounting and dismounting effortless. This is important for potential buyers and makes it more appealing than larger models like the Blix Packa and Rad Wagon 4.
The frame and low step over height lead to a very nimble electric cargo bike, one that is much more nimble and easy to ride than any other cargo ebike I’ve ridden. It feels very similar to riding the Tern GSD cargo ebike which also has a smaller turning radius relative to other large frame cargo ebikes. With its beginner-friendly design, the XPedition is a more approachable option for riders looking to tackle cargo ebikes.
The XPedition also comes with puncture-resistant standard 20-inch by 3-inch street tires for a smooth and stable ride on a wide range of terrains even when loaded to full capacity. You may choose to customize the tires, but these sizes are standard making tube replacement easy.
In terms of gearing, the Xpedition has an 11-28 tooth rear freewheel and a 52T front chainring for flawless and smooth operation.
As with many electric cargo bikes, it has an IP65-rated water-resistant LED display that allows for easy glance and configuration. For instance, when carrying kids or a passenger, you can configure the menu to the passenger mode. This will automatically set the maximum speed to 10 mph. This is a smart option that takes care of your passenger’s comfort and safety in case you are tempted to add more firing power to your riding expedition and risk scaring off your passenger!
For enhanced stability when loading or parking this cargo ebike is equipped with a dual kickstand that is easy to operate. I’ve published videos on my issues with kickstands on other cargo ebikes and I really like how easy it is to operate the kickstand on the Xpedition, even when carrying weight on the rear rack.
When fully assembled, the bike measures 72 inches in length and 46 inches in height. With the handle bars folded down the height can be quickly adjusted down to 32 inches for easy, compact storage in your trunk, SUV, RV or closet.
Another unique feature of this ebike is its quick-release pedals which make the bike narrower when you want to put it away. Aside from its folding mechanism, its details like this that allow Lectric’s Xpedition to be stored almost anywhere.
Unmatched Cargo and Battery Capacity (Even for a Cargo Ebike)
If you enjoy riding along mountain roads or trails, then this potent electric cargo bike has a lot in store for you.
Insanely Powerful Motor
With its 750 watts nominal power and a high-performance 1310-watt motor coupled with Pedal Assist technology, your uphill ride will be a flying-uphill-ride! You can choose lower pedal assist levels for a desirable hill-climbing power.
For power output control, the Xpedition boasts a new and innovative Power Assist Programming technology. This works like a cadence sensor but regulates Power Assist levels based on wattage but not speed.
Huge and Customizable Load Carrying Options
When it comes to load-carrying capacity, the Lectric Xpedition electric cargo bike won’t disappoint. Its sturdy design allows for a maximum capacity of 450 pounds, 330 pounds rider capacity, a rear rack capable of holding up to 300 pounds, and a front rack designed to carry up to 35 pounds of cargo.
Massive Battery Range for Long Distance Riding
For stored power, the back boasts a high-capacity battery of 48V, 14 ah (672 Watt hours) for a single battery, and up to 1,344 Watts-hour if you choose a double battery version. With the dual battery option, the Lectric Xpediton provides up to 1,344 Watt-hours, which is only available in a few other top cargo ebikes such as the Blix Packa and Flyer L885.
When fully charged and with full load capacity, it has enough power to cover a distance of 75 to 150 miles when riding on Pedal Assist mode, and 30 to 60 miles when on the throttle only.
It is important to note that the actual distances covered will be based on the nature of the terrain. This is because steep and rough roads will demand more power when carrying cargo.
Being a class 2 electric bike, you can cruise at a maximum speed of 20 MPH with the assistance of either the right-hand twist grip throttle or pedal assist.
However, with pedaling alone, you can easily alter this to a 3-class bike with a maximum of 28 mph for an enhanced ebiking roller-coaster.
The Lectric XPedition is a top choice for anyone in the market for an affordable electric cargo bike. Its premium accessories and packages make it an excellent option for transporting kids, groceries, or other cargo with ease. It stands out in the affordable cargo ebike market with features such as dual batteries, hydraulic brakes, and a low step-over height that other models often lack. The collapsible design also makes it easy to store in tight spaces. Whether you’re running errands or just looking for a comfortable ride, the Lectric XPedition has everything you need and more, all at a price that won’t break the bank.
Introducing the Lectric XP 2.0- The best ebike under $1,000
You might think of Lectric as the “foldable ebike” company but that would be doing them a serious disservice. Not only is the Lectric XP